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Fantasy Friday: Castles in Their Bones by Laura Sebastian

A spellbinding story of three princesses and the destiny they were born for: seduction, conquest, and the crown. Immerse yourself in the first book in a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the New York Times bestselling Ash Princess series.

Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.
Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.
The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.
Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?

Amazon Link: Castles in Their Bones (Castles in Their Bones #1)

Author: Laura Sebastian

Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 stars

Court intrigue, rival countries, political conspiracies–it sounded like a good premise for story. But I never really got into this one.

I think my main problem was just that I didn’t like any of the three sisters. Each one has a different personality and different circumstances around the country where she is going to marry a crown prince (or in one case, the king), so each one has a different piece of their mother’s plot to carry out. But none of them had anything that made me care about them and their problems.

I did finish the book to see if any of the girls would grow or change to become more likable by the end, and that didn’t happen. However, the “plot twist” was obvious from a mile away. I don’t think I’ll continue with this series.

Trigger warnings: groping, poisoning, betrayal, death


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